Lucia's Tavola
Lucia's Tavola

Lucia's Tavola

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.luciatavola.com/
  • Phone: 9783914837x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mark di Cicco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We provide catering services for up to X people for both off-site events and in our function room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Public Transit: We are located across the street from the Ayer commuter rail station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have limited street parking in front of the restaurant, and a private lot is located in the back.
A word from Lucia's Tavola
Chef owned and operated Lucia's Tavola is a fine dining Italian restaurant. Lucia's features a menu comprised or Chefs family favorites, Chef originals, traditional Italian and local ingredients creating unique Italian inspired cuisine.
Lucia's also offers an extensive cocktail menu and a complete, well balanced wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Lucia's Tavola reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (30)fit for foodies (25)romantic (22)good for groups (13)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Located on Main Street in Ayer, was a wonderful find. Italian food was authentic, best gnocchi I have ever had, light and fluffy. Service was outstanding. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable and patient as we tried to figure out what we wanted to eat - there were so many great choices. You must check this out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Jojobean
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had the best dinner and the best desert ever as well as amazing appetizers.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in a small town
    Beverly
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant is a real reason to visit Ayer. Located on the corner of the Main Street across from the railroad station and offering music on Saturday nights, this is a real find. Chef Mark DiCiccio is creative and there are lots of tasty choices. It's a must for those looking for a good restaurant west of Route 495.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only place to eat in Ayer.
    ilove2eat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    In a small town, this is the very best choice. Great Italian food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find in Ayer
    captmikeVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Excellent find. Food was excellent, place was empty when I arrived at 6. But within an hr it was getting full. Staff was great portions were just right and left room for dessert. Had Brussels sprouts pancetta and cheese great appetizer. I will have to borrow this recipe for home. Would definitly eat here again. No issues parking. Parked up the hill behind the resturant. But when I came out the lot was full. I will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pas117
    Pas117
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the second time I've been to this restaurant in a month and both times the food was excellent! I pass through Ayer often and just caught sight of the sign and the smartly decorated tables and thought " I have to check this place out"! Oh, and a restaurant that still takes reservations, and honors them?? Fabulous! Definitely worth an evening out! The noise level can get a bit high, but it is an older building and not dresses out with modern materials to dampen sound, but don't let that stop you from stopping in. I'm looking forward to trying their other establishment just a few doors down the block!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first visit and to be honest I would never of thought of looking in Ayer MA for an upscale restaurant but we saw this advertised in a local newspaper . Everything was lovely, the interior reminded me of European restaurants I've been to overseas & food was EXCELLENT...we will certainly go back again. The only minor issue is parking...we parked on the street because we arrived early but when we left we did notice that street parking was full so I'm wondering if there is a public parking lot...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Spot
    camjacoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our choice for area dining gluten free friendly - that is important to us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They moved
    VarietyFan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have followed them from their previous address. Their new location in Ayer is more accessible. Same great food. But now they have more tables and customers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Birthdaydiners
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went to Lucia's for a quiet dinner to celebrate my birthday. The wait staff were very friendly. The food was great, as usual. We enjoyed an intimate dinner and even got a complimentary dessert. We love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    bobs3gals
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I received by email a free birthday entrée and appetizer. I was very surprised that the cost of my entrée, the most expensive in our group, was the one that was deducted from our bill. Most restaurants deduct the least expensive meal ordered. Our waiter was great... and the meal was amazing. We dine at Lucia's frequently, and they never disappoint. Thank you for a fabulous birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FUNDINING
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved the restaurant and would recommend to other friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old is New
    John
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went to this restaurant when they were in Brookline NH. Still great food at a reasonable price. Restaurant was a busy bistro style ambiance as we were seated by the bar. Good food and will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally local goodness
    ebbi
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great spot for Ayer and the surrounding towns. Nice timing, nice layout, food was very good, traditional but nice presentation, competitive pricing for the class. Fine service, Cab not provided with a cab glass. Nice looking bar set. Overall a great spot for the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    MammaP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I had been there once before to celebrate our anniversary and we loved it. We went this past weekend and brought our three kids ages 22, 20 and 17. My in laws also joined us and they are very picky when it comes to food. Everyone loved it, from the service to the food! Rave reviews from the in laws, and they said they would defiantly be back. The food is excellent, very flavorful,fresh, and interesting combinations. Not your typical italian food, better. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot in Sleepy Town Center
    kchapVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We happened upon this restaurant when searching on the web for great Italial fare. This restaurant was acclaimed to be, on one website, one of the top 10 restaurants in Central Mass. We have eaten at three of the others and in our opinion we would agree with all four choices from the article. The ambiance, staff, wine and food was wonderful. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovin' Lucia's
    MAManger
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been going to Lucia's since it opened in Ayer. It is not only a great place to eat, but yeah, it is in AYER/CLOSE TO the restaurant desert of Harvard. The white clam sauce is one of the best around!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been there quite a few times and always had an excellent meal. This was no exception. The veal was so tender we could cut it with a fork. I would recommend Lucia's to anyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good...not quite perfect
    johnelle
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Sorry but it just seems hard to get my head around fine dining in downtown Ayer but I have to admit the food and service were both awfully good. I only had a few nits about the food (ex. my-hand cut pasta was not separated properly so it had a lot of lumps where a couple of the noodles stuck together in hard chunks). They served my wife a handful of unopened mussels which is a no-no. The parking is not the most convenient but again this is not a deal breaker. Overall we enjoyed it an plan on returning (this is our 2nd visit).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Kenneth
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Very nice experience for an anniversary dinner with my wife. I made reservations on line and noticed flower arrangements are available on line. With a few clicks the flowers were ordered and delivered to the restaurant and arranged on our table for a nice surprise. Food was outstanding and service was timely and friendly. Thank you Lucia's Tavola for a nice anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Time Review
    BobQ
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We've been to Lucia's at least a dozen times. Each visit has been terrific. We've tried quite a few dishes and all have been very good. It's our favorite!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thibs
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first time at Lucia's. The food was fantastic. Everything we ate was delicious, from appetizers, rice balls and fried goat cheese balls to our great main courses and the fried strips with honey for dessert. The only thing was the noise level. It was very loud and hard to speak and hear. The waitress said they are working on this only thing we could find a problem with. We are looking forward to returning and would surely recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent local restaurant!
    manodarts
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been here three times and the food is always great and the waitstaff friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were looking for a dining option in the Westford/Groton area (didn't want to drive into Boston). Lucia's was a very nice find. Creative menu (e.g., fried olives with goat cheese), very reasonably priced wine list with good variety. The place has a very nice and very friendly atmosphere - I am sure we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite
    ActonDadVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Fourth visit - been every weekend for last month, bringing others, trying different dishes. Always have friendly and competent waitstaff, tremendous food and a wonderful time. Excellent food in a comfortable setting. Not the closest restaurant but worth the ride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, but noisy
    Nodar
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A great place for excellent food! I had the lobster-stuffed salmon and my wife had a steak and shrimp. Both were excellent! My only complaint was the high noise level which made it difficult to talk at times. They have a terrific wine list and the menu selections are extensive. We have been there about a dozen times over the past two years and the food never disappoints. Reservations are necessary on Fridays and weekends!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TaniaB
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Another wonderful meal, never disappointing. Tried the bacon wrapped dates for the first time, made me want to try all the appetizers. Service was also outstanding, as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucia's a real find in MetroWest
    BesserFresserVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Several visits confirm that this lovely Northern Italian is the real deal in a fine dining restaurant-starved area. Servings are generous, servers polite and attentive, room is comfortable, and the chef clearly knows what he's doing. Sauces are full-flavored, toothsome house-made pastas are delightful, entrees well seasoned and expertly prepared. Lucia's has become our go-to place for a pleasant evening's dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    ForTheLoveofFood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I went here for dinner with my husband, and three teens. The bread served with dipping oil-delicious! I had an appetizer of gnocchi with lobster and it was yummy. My entree was filet mignon with gorgonzola and a red wine demi-glaze served on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and haricot verts. I loved it. I also tried my daughter's chicken piccata with polenta that had pancetta in it and it was SO GOOD. The only negative was the waitress was a little slow and and didn't offer drinks to the kids...which was kind of weird. We all had water already but we all kind of chuckled about it. Not a deal breaker of course, I would definitely go back. The waitress may have been very busy or was distracted for some reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • epm61
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    What a gem in Ayer! Atmosphere, drinks, food, dessert, were fabulous. Bread is better than any I had in Italy ... Would recommend it highly and will tell all my friends. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find during business travel
    apopnjVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Traveled to Mass. for business and was looking for a good italian place to dine. I use Open Table al the time to find places to dine and then book - very eazy. Lucia's was a good find for Italian food. Being from NJ (Southern NJ) you cannt get any better Italian food so that is what I compare it to. Lucia's was very homely, the service was very good, and the food was good Italian. I would definitely go back agian and would recommend. Oh, the price is about right as well. It was a very good find. Thnak you Open Table once again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travers
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    For the area a diamond in the rough a real neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 9 reviews are from the Lucia's Tavola reviews archive.
  • charming find
    casualdiner
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A first time experience with Lucia's, but it will not be the last. Warm, friendly atmosphere; interesting menu with a great choice. Our dining partners needed gluten free which was wonderfully available. The wait staff was courteous and affable and went out of their way to accommodate us. An all around hit out of the ball park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kimbal
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is our favorite place to treat ourselves to celebrate a special occasion. The food is always delicious and beautifully presented. The wait staff make you feel special and are very attentive(but not overwhelmingly so). We espically love the lobster and gnocci appetizer!! The atmosphere is very relaxing. There is a wide veriety of items on the menu and there is something for everything for everyone. I would absolutely recommend Lucias's Tavola in Ayer, MA highly!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucia's Tavola
    Tillissa
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Lucia's Tavola is the perfect place to have a first date! We found the restaurant to be quaint. We got there early, before our reservation and we were seated immediately. The wine list had just what we were looking for on it. The menu was a little over-bearing but our server Matt helped us through our difficulties. Service was top-notch! The food was prepared to our specification and was delicious. As I said we got there early, so there was only a hand full of other people in the restaurant. By the time we were done the place was full, but we didn't realise it till we looked around to see them. The atmosphere was quiet and enjoyable. Recommendations ALL AROUND from these food critics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    chippie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    All good except for noise level. When full it was unpleasant. Food was worth it though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travers
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The presentation and quality were extremely good, I would highly recommend Lucia's to anyone who is in the area it's certainly worth the drive.You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I've been to Lucia's three times and each time the food was outstanding. The food is special and the tastes and flavors different then any other restaurant. In a word, it's special. Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant is busy and the service a little slow. Appetizers and Meals are wonderful. The deserts are not quite the same level. They are good, but not outstanding and special like the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    dining
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our waiter was outstanding and food was excellent. We will definitely be returning and trying the other restaurants the owner has opened in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucia's 5/17
    Reviews
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was our first time at Lucia's, and it was a very good experience. We will definitely be back. As a beer lover, slightly more than wine lover, I was pleasantly surprised to learn there was tap of the first keg brewed by Ayer's new Brewery. It was called Still Water IPA. It was not only a good beer, it was nice to see the restaurant support other local businesses. I did not order wine, but the list did look impressive. Our meals of surf & turf and Egg Plant were very good. The egg plant dish did not come with any pasta, so you'll have to order on the side if you want that. There was a slight delay on a couple things and our waiter pro-actively comped us a couple items which was nice. The waiter was very professional. We left happy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.